To inspire and prepare global citizens!


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May ~ June 2019

••• Welcome Letter with Expectations

••• Email Mr. Forfar via Schoology

••• ELA: Argument / Context Clues / Details & Main Ideas

••• Social Studies: Ancient Greece / Ancient Rome

••• World Music Drums: Song#3 / Proverbs / Global Art / Rumba Fela

••Accelerated Reader

••SAM East

••Google Classroom




Welcome to International!

Middle school can be as bewildering as it is exhilarating. It is your time to "take chances, make mistakes. get messy," while at the same time learning to become more organized, follow through, and be able to share your ideas. My hope is that you will continue to develop perspectives and skills that help shape your knowledge about our rapidly changing global world.

Please take the time to browse this website to get an idea of what we will study in sixth grade.
If you have any questions about the assignments or the school, please email me through your student Schoology account.


          Mr. Forfar

p.s. This site is now primarily for 6th graders, visit ISLC Span School if you are looking for more information about grades 6-12.

“The world that we live in today is a knowledge society… a knowledge society values creation and sharing of new knowledge, so that the new knowledge can be applied for the well-being of its people and solutions to global problems … It is therefore no longer sufficient to help our students achieve only the learning objectives specified in the national syllabi. Rather, learning needs to be broadened to develop students’ competencies in learning how to learn….”~ Ministry of Education in Singapore

Hello Parents /Guardians!

One of our main goals here at ISLC is to encourage all students to feel capable, significant, and academically challenged, while at the same time helping them to gain a global view of life, for the future, past, and present. Please inform us of any difficulties your child may be experiencing whether academic, social, or personal, and we will do the same if we notice anything at school. Again, I look forward meeting you on Back to School Night on 8/29!

Please make sure to register for the Passport Parent access to Schoology. Schoology enables you to check students grades at any time instead of waiting for the report card to come out. After you register your email, you can directly access the Parent Portal for Schoology. Parents may also schedule a meeting with me by making an appointment through the MS office at (323)568-3115.

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"Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.
~ Proverb from Mali~

Classroom Community
Class Rules:
1. Be Friendly
2. Challenge yourself ... improve your skills!
2. Inquire, think, communicate, reflect, care

Procedures for beginning class:
1) Enter class quietly
2) Unpack, organize supplies, notebooks, binder, planner
3) Copy HW from HW white board (by the door) into planer
4) Start & complete the warm-up (front white board) into your subject spiral
5) Be ready to share / discuss your thoughtful answers

6) Be focused on the next lesson / activity

drg75pxWhat to bring to class each day (from Day 1 to Day 180)

SEPARATE spiral notebooks for each class you have
• Daily Agenda (school supplied)
• All School 3" binder" with dividers and tabs
• 20-50 sheets of 3-hole punched lined writing paper
• 2 BLUE OR BLACK Pen for ALL writing assignments (ERASABLE PEN recommended)
• Supply box or supply bag
• 2 PENCILS & erasers
• Handheld pencil sharpener with cover
• Color Pencils (Crayola Twistables recommended)
• Glue Sticks

• Plastic 6" ruler
• Safety scissors
• Highlighters
• 'White Out' tape
• Small stapler and staples
• Leisure reading book
• TEXTBOOK (only when scheduled)


Classroom Survival Kit (Optional)

  • Gallon size baggie
  • Bottled Water
  • Kleenex
  • Lip Balm
  • Puzzle Book
  • Hand Sanitizer


Important to Know:
1)Saving assignments in your spiral notebook or Binder: Students are required to save all home and class learning in their individual 3 ring binders or notebooks for each class. There will be a periodic binder / notebook check.

• are created to help you learn through your innovations and thoughts
some will be graded for accuracy and development, while others will measure the level of
    student mastery and learning

• are designed for practice and some will not receive points
• will sometimes be evaluated by you and your fellow students
• can be for building knowledge that will help with future assignments not to mention, tests or projects
• are checked for timely submission and effort.

Late Assignments
Students with a verified absence (e.g. illness or funeral): need to complete the work or test and then turn it in the same week they returned to school for full credit
Students without a verified absence: late work must be turned in before each progress report period. For example, if miss a HW or classwork in January, it must be made up before the February progress report. If you miss a HW in during the 2nd grading period, , it must be made up before the March progress report. And so on.

1) If you miss an assignment:
a) call / text / email a friend or"study buddy" to ask what you missed or
b) check the homework board on the side of the room or Email Mr. Forfar using

2) Students are responsible to make up any class/home work they miss. This includes tests!


~ Students and parents can access their grades online after they sign up at the school for a training.
Grades can then be found at: https://jupitergrades.com/login/

~ Report cards / progress reports are sent home every 4-5 weeks during the fall and spring semester.

~ The letter grades A, B, C, D, F are used in place of th elementary numbers (4, 3, 2, 1)

(90%-100%= A or 4) (80% - 89%= B or 3) (70% -79% = C or 2) (60% -69% = D or 1) (below 60%=F or 0)

~ Grades Weights & Categories:

• 40 % - Essay, Project, Culminating Task
• 20 % - Class Practice (warm ups, thinking on paper, Cornell Notes, KWC, rough drafts, notebooks)

• 35 % - Quiz & Test
• 5% - Home Practice
(unless part of a larger project / assignment)

You can check your grades on Schoology. If you have any questions, please ask!!!

Your progress reports will also include grades for Work Habits and Cooperation.

Work Habits and Cooperation GRADES ~
'E' (excellent) 'S' (satisfactory) and 'U' (unsatisfactory)

~Work Habits~
0-2 missing or late assignments = "E"
3-5 missing or late assignments = "S"
6+ missing or late  assignments = "U"

0-2 detentions (lunch or after school) = "E"
3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="S"
more than 3 detentions (lunch or after school) ="U"

NOTE: Having U's on your report card effects your priveleges for activities such as:
Free Dress Day, Dances, Field Trips, Culmination, Beach Trip, etc.

2) Students who wish to attempt to raise their grade by way of an exemplary Extra Credit Project:
a) Schedule a meeting after school to discuss your proposal.
b) The meeting has to take place at least 5 weeks before the end of the semester.
c) Sign a contract that includes your proposal and completion schedule
d) E.C. Projects are not accepted the last 3 weeks of each semester.


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Class and Home Projects
Projects are accomplished both in and out of the classroom. Big project due dates are posted several weeks ahead of time with a schedule and syllabus.

1) Will almost always take 10-20 minutes.
2) Needs to be completed and saved in your class notebook.
3) The daily assigned homework is meant for practice, preparation, & challenge.
4) Beyond that, I recommend you read at least 30 minutes every day.

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Taking words off of a website or out of a book without giving credit to your source is cheating. Copying or allowing someone else to copy is cheating. “Sharing answers” is cheating unless you are working together on a group project.

How Can I Improve My Grade?      
Check "the 10 list":
1.   Do I start class right away copying down the homework and starting the warm-up?
2.   Is my binder (or notebook) organized so it's easy to find what I need in a few seconds?

3.   Do I use my class time wisely? (e.g. If I finish early, do I go back and review or think about
      what I’m learning?)
4.   Am I using my agenda and turning in my projects / assignments on time?

5.   Do I ask questions when I "don't get it?"  
6.   Do I read books besides the ones assigned in class?
4.   Do I double-check my projects / assignments for mistakes?

8.   Do I use a dictionary or thesaurus when I don't understand words?
9.   What are my study habits for tests/quizzes?

        (e.g. did I review my notes and text more than one day in advance? Do I use flash cards?)

• A student will be counted as tardy if they are not in their seat with their supplies out and begining class procedures at class start time.
• Students will receive detention after the second tardy which in turn will effect their work habits grade.

p.s.The average weight for a 6th grade backpack is 18.4 lbs! Please read this informative article about backpacks!


Trust ~ Respect ~ Emotional & Physical Safety

Students can help all other members of the school by being prepared, focused, honest and respectful.
Students who disrupt the learning community may be asked to stay 10 minutes after school. On some occasions a student may be asked to stay longer than 10 minutes. If this is the case, the teacher will give the student a form notifying her/his parents the date the student is required to stay longer than 10 minutes. If a student continues to be disruptive, she or he will be referred to the school principal and additional parent contact will be made.



A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."
~ Chinese Proverb

International Studies Learning Center: Phone 323.568.3115

Mr. Forfar's informational website for students,parents,and teachers.
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